With veterans set to report on July 25th and three rookies still unsigned, the Houston Texans began what should be a mini-flurry of news on Monday morning as it was reported that they had agreed to terms with first round pick DeAndre Hopkins.
First-round pick WR DeAndre Hopkins has signed 4-yr deal with Houston— Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole) July 22, 2013
Excuse me, Hopkins agreed to terms. Will sign shortly— Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole) July 22, 2013
While terms have not been officially disclosed, the rookie contract of last year's 27th overall pick, Green Bay's Nick Perry, was four years for $7.54 million. Whitney Mercilus, Hopkins' new teammate and the 26th overall pick in 2012, signed for $7.63 million and four years. It's reasonable to assume that Hopkins' new deal will fall in line with similar totals.
While the slotted contracts have eliminated most of the worry for a long rookie holdout, there is still a nice sense of relief from having Hopkins in camp from the very beginning. As the penciled in second starter at wide receiver, Hopkins will need every second of tutelage and every snap possible to shorten his learning curve and be the productive threat that the franchise envisioned him being for Matt Schaub and to alleviate the load on Andre Johnson's broad shoulders.
With Hopkins' signing, the Texans have two remaining draft picks to get on board: second round safety D.J. Swearinger and third round right tackle Brennan Williams.
UPDATE: Nearly 40 minutes after Cole, a Florida reporter, broke the story, our own beat reporter provides the terms of the deal.
WR DeAndre Hopkins gets 4-yr deal for $7.26 million, including signing bonus of $3.92 million. First 3 years are guaranteed.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) July 22, 2013